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He Vants to Eat Bananas!

Some of you may remember Banana Tail, an illustrated children’s book created by animator Mark McKenna. It told the story of  Banana Tail, a poor young brown monkey born with a shiny yellow tail. He feels like an outcast among his troupe, until he finds two equally unusual friends: Reena the pink rhinoceros and Tic Tac the checkerboard zebra. Well now Mark McKenna, Jim Calafiore, and several artistic friends bring us The Boonanna Tail Halloween Special, a one-shot full-color comic with Banana Tail and his friends celebrating the season in high style. Find out more about it at Bleeding Cool. Of course it comes out in October, with several variant covers available.

image c. 2014 Banana Tale Press

image c. 2014 Banana Tale Press

Spyro And His Cohorts Come To Comics

Celebrating the release of the new game Skylanders Trap Team, IDW have brought Spyro the Dragon and his friends to comic books for the first time ever. Skylanders #1 will premier this October. It’s written by Ron Marz and David A. Rodriguez, with full-color art by Mike Bowden, David Baldeon, and others. At the same time IDW will release Skylanders: The Kaos Trap, which will collect the first three issues of the comic together with the special issue #0 that was only available at San Diego Comic Con — all in a single hardcover collection. Take a look at the IDW web site for more.

image c. 2014 IDW

image c. 2014 IDW Publishing

Daddy is Purring

Sometimes, you just gotta let the thing speak for itself: “Miri and Luey have a dilemma. Their dad’s been turned into a cat and their closet is a garden full of goblins. There is only one thing for them to do — grab their friend Phil the frog and dive headfirst into a wild, woolly and wacky adventure.” Cat Dad, King of the Goblins was written and illustrated by Canadian artist Britt Wilson. This full-color short graphic novel is available now from Koyama Press. Check out the preview over at Publishers Weekly.

image c. 2014 Koyama Press

image c. 2014 Koyama Press

Bird (Woo!) and Squirrel (Eek!)

Here’s one we missed, so let’s get caught up with it now. Bird & Squirrel are the creation of writer and artist James Burks (creator of Gabby & Gator). According to the publishers, “Squirrel is afraid of his own shadow. Bird doesn’t have a care in the world. And Cat wants to eat Bird and Squirrel. Of course, he’ll have to catch them first, and that’s not going to be easy.” In their first full-color graphic novel, Bird & Squirrel on the Run, you can “join this trio as they head south for the winter in a hilarious road trip. But watch out! Cat is waiting around every bend, and he’s one pesky feline.” Now comes word of a new graphic novel, Bird & Squirrel On Ice, in which our oddly-matched heroes crash-land in Antarctica, finding themselves taking part in a secret penguin ritual. Both are published by Graphix, and you can find them care of Barnes & Noble.

image c. 2014 Graphix

image c. 2014 Graphix

Out! Out! Damned Spotty Cat…

The Stratford Zoo Midnight Revue Presents Macbeth. A title like that is gonna catch your attention, yes? Thought so. According to the publishers, “The Stratford Zoo looks like a normal zoo… until the gates shut at night. That’s when the animals come out of their cages to stage elaborate performances of Shakespeare’s greatest works. They might not be the most accomplished thespians, but they’ve got what counts: Heart. Also fangs, feathers, scales, and tails, in The Stratford Zoo Midnight Revue Presents Macbeth. Ian Lendler’s hilarious tale of after-hours animal stagecraft is perfectly paired with the adorable, accessible artwork of Zack Giallongo (Broxo, Ewoks). And with Romeo and Juliet coming in book two, this is a promising new series of graphic novels for young readers.” The book is coming out later this month in hardcover and trade paperback editions, both from First Second.

image c. 2014 First Second

image c. 2014 First Second

Cool and Wet with Bird and Coon

Boom! Studios’ Kaboom! imprint have previously presented several graphic novels for Adventure Time with Finn and Jake, but now they present the very first full-length original graphic novel (OGN) from the popular TV series The Regular Show with everyone’s favorite dopey coon and bluejay, Rigby and Mordecai. And the timing is perfect: “The summer is turning into a roast-fest and Mordecai and Rigby are desperate to find a way to cool down. But when a mystery pool suddenly appears and offers a chance to beat the heat, it’s only a matter of time before these two best bros find themselves in totally water-logged trouble.” Written by Rachel Connor (Ed, Edd N Eddy) and illustrated in full color by Tessa Stone (Bravest Warriors), Regular Show Volume 1: Hydration is available now. Find out more at Boom’s web site.

image c. 2014 Kaboom!

image c. 2014 Kaboom!

Furry Gents vs. the Aliens

Wild’s End, a new 6-issue full-color comic miniseries from Boom! Studios, is being described as “H.G. Wells meets A.A. Milne.” Only in this case it’s brought to us by writer Dan Abnett (Guardians of the Galaxy) and illustrator INJ Culbard (At the Mountains of Madness). “When a rural English community of the 1930s is the victim of an alien invasion, the residents’ lives are upended by the harsh realities of life-and-death violence. Led by the town’s outsider and retired war veteran, they will have to rally together to uncover the secret of their invaders and ultimately fight back.” Oh, those residents? They include a rabbit, a fox, a mink, and a hound dog. For more on how this collaboration came about, go check out the interview with writer Dan Abnett over at Comic Book Resources.

image c. 2014 Boom! Studios

image c. 2014 Boom! Studios

A Shark with Guns. And NO Regrets.

Well all we can say is this is different… “If you think that White Sharks are bad, prepare yourself to meet DarkShark! A commando in a solo mission – hunting down Don Walrus the Narco, an evil drug lord and gun-addict – with a water gun, guy is in rehab. But Walrus controls the Duckong and brutal mercenaries! Did you miss all the gun-toting grim-and-gritty nonsense from the 90?s? This is your book! Guns! Poaches! Grinned teeth! Duck shooting!” Did any of that make sense to you? Well maybe this promo video over at the Amigo Comics site will give you some idea. Beast Commandos  #1 is written and illustrated (in bloody full color) by Roger Bonet, with assistance from Sonia Moruno. It’s coming your way later this month.

image c. 2014 Amigo Comics

image c. 2014 Amigo Comics

Centurions of Fur and Claw

We’ll finish up our werewolf triple-play with this one. Later this month Alterna Comics will release Empire of the Wolf issues #1 through #4 as a singe graphic novel in trade paperback. From Previews: “During the Roman conquest of Britain, a werewolf’s bite re-ignites the legendary feud between Romulus and Remus, pitting two centurions against each other in an epic war of werewolves that will decide the fate of Roman Empire itself. Empire of the Wolf is the saga that reveals the myth behind the history of ancient Rome. ” It’s written by Michael Kogge and illustrated by Dan Parsons.

image c. 2014 Alterna Comics

image c. 2014 Alterna Comics